NIVELCO Magazine // 2018/1
SzOLlOs siblings continue to succeed
After barriers there are new opportunities for the Nivelco Ski Team
The beginning of the 2017/18 season brought some unexpected difficulties for the racers of the Nivelco Ski Team. The leaders of the Hungarian Ski Federation came to the conclusion, that they don’t want to work any longer with the three talented athletes of the Nivelco Ski Team. This meant that the racers didn´t get the permission to participate in any ski race. This left the athletes no choice, but to find a country, where they can fulfil their dreams. That the chosen country had to be Israel was out of debate, because Peter Szollos has been helping the Israel Ski Team already for many years. Sadly, the two racers would lose their right to participate in the Winter Olympic Games of 2018, due to strict international regulations in case of changing the country, even though they both reached the “A” level qualification.
Even after all these challenges the racers had to face, their will was never broken, so the guys trained hard from May to October beside the ski slopes and from October on the slopes.
Alongside the training Benjamin Szollos made his Matura (A-Levels) in October and finished the TZW Waidhofen an der Ybbs. Soon after, he managed to get into a University in Vienna (Institut für berufsbegleitende Studien).
For his first ski race he had to wait until January 2018. At this giant slalom race in Slovenia he managed to become 10th out of 100 racers, this result also brought him his best FIS points in this discipline. Soon after he participated in the Czech Championships. Benjamin got mostly in the top 10 until the Super Combine race, where he made his first podium place of this season after finishing third behind two Czech Olympic athletes. He stood happily on the podium of course already in Israeli colours.
After a long period of training and unsuccessful races it was time for a new race series in Serbia. On this race series Benjamin became successful again and managed to be three times on the podium, one time even as the winner of the race. Although the late start of the season the Israeli athlete participated in 40 races in 2018 and finished the season satisfied.
Barnabas Szollos started his race season also in January. Even though his first race was not as successful as his brother’s, Barnabas collected fantastic results continuously over the whole season. He began with his successful streak on the Czech Championships, where he reached the 2nd place in SG. Later on, in Davos, on the Junior World Championships he became 19th in DH (with only 1.21 secs behind the winner). With his 29th place in SG he verified, that he has the potential to grow up to the best racers in alpine skiing.
Benjamin and Barnabas used to race on the same races. This changed in 2018, as Barnabas took a new course to the speed disciplines (DH, SG) and Benjamin stayed on the technique disciplines (SL, GS). This lead to some financial and organization problems, which the whole team still has to figure out. Despite these problems Barnabas managed to make good points even on the Europa Cup, in a very strong cast, where Barnabas had to start with a high bib. The race was so tight, that Barnabas´s little delay of 1.66 sec was only enough for the 53rd place. The Israeli athlete was ten times in the top 10 and stood two times on the podium out of 38 races. He also improved his FIS points in three disciplines. Keep it up!
Noa Szollos, the youngest sibling began her school career this school year in the TZW Waidhofen/Ybbs, which effected also her race results positively. Because of the continuous physical and ski training Noa improved a lot. She reached lots of great results in Austria and also internationally in the U16 category, even though she was the younger vintage this season. She surprised everybody with her outstanding performance. This was the first year when she competed in the Lower Austrian Cup and except of one bad race she reached the podium always.
The young Israeli athlete began her international season in Vratna, where she became 3rd in GS. The next race series was in Andorra, here she won the SG and collected a 2nd place and two 4th places. The next event, the Poka Loka included very serious international races, with athletes from over 30 countries. The Israeli racer was even here one of the best and she reached a 6th and a 9th place. After that Noa´s next races were in Zagreb, from where she came home with a Slalom silver and a Giant Slalom bronze medal. Later on, she ended the Styrian Championships with two gold and a silver medal. For her last races in Europe the Israeli athlete flew to a race series in France, where she won all the four races. Noa ended her race season in Canada on the Whistler Cup, with a 7th place in SG and GS and a 3rd place in SL.
The NIVELCO Co. whishes further successful and injury free seasons.